I’m pretty much the worst at race recaps. I came, I ran, I finished, I ate lunch….that’s pretty much how the races I run are these days.


I convinced Eric to run the half with me to force me NOT to race the race.


I didn’t want to race, but I know myself a little too well. Once the gun goes off I have a hard time of actually taking it easy – my brain and my legs just say go, even if I am physically not capable of a pace they want to run. I’m not one of those people that can use a race as a tempo run, or just a “hard workout” – if I run a race – I’m racing and if my time is slow for me, it’s because I wasn’t in shape or something went wrong. I give it everything I have – I run the day – that may mean I have a great finish time, or a slow for me time – either way – it was all I had that day.

Eric was hesitant to run because the last double digit run he had done was when he ran Marine Corps Marathon in 2013. He has been running but I’m not sure he has gone over 8 miles since the marathon. I promised I would run as slow as he wanted or walk with him. I think what finally convinced him is when I said I would carry my phone so if he was tired I would stop and take pictures on course. I don’t even know the last race we ran together so I thought it would be fun and give us something to talk about post race, rather than him listening to me ramble on about my race. We did indeed have fun together, even though during the race I’m pretty sure he wanted to kill me.


This was my second race carrying my phone and I think it’s a surefire way to get rid of the – I-want-to-race feeling in my legs. It felt like a nice long run with a bib on. The pictures I captured on course were beyond beautiful and just like Boston this year, I’m really glad I have these memories captured.

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I thought the actual race was fantastic. I have never run at elevation, so I knew it would be a little bit harder than normal. Our pace did feel harder to me than that pace typically feels, and post race I felt really tired. I had heard that the course was hilly – but don’t agree – unless you are used to running somewhere flat – it wasn’t what I would consider very hilly. My elevation gain is greater on some of the 10 milers I go on around Leesburg for comparison. For every hill there was, there seemed to be a pretty decent downhill following it, so I don’t really think the hills affected our pace that badly.

Our splits confirm what I already knew about Eric and I – we run VERY differently. He played college football and can outsprint me any day, but in long distances I have him beat. I’m what I consider a surge runner – going faster and then slower throughout each mile. He on the other hand is what I consider a streaky runner – he will be dying and then all of the sudden bust out a 7:xx mile when I least expect it. It makes zero sense to me, but it’s how he is on long runs also, so I think it’s just how he runs.

  • Mile 1: 8:19
  • Mile 2: 8:32
  • Mile 3: 9:18
  • Mile 4: 8:42
  • Mile 5: 8:26
  • Mile 6: 8:34
  • Mile 7: 9:09
  • Mile 8: 8:53
  • Mile 9: 7:18
  • Mile 10: 8:32
  • Mile 11: 8:43
  • Mile 12: 9:45
  • Mile 13: 9:54
  • Mile 13.33: 8:06 average

Unofficial Finish Time: 1:56:50 – average pace 8:48

Logistically this was one of the easiest races I’ve run. We stayed at the Sheraton which was a very short walk to the start/finish line. We even had a view of the VIP Tent and Mazda booth from our room.


The medal is a bottle opener and I happen to think for those of you who like collecting medals Rock N Roll does a really good job with the medals. I would absolutely run this race again, and if I was looking for extra punishment fun, I would run the marathon.20141019_093930

My next race with Rock N Roll and Mazda is Vegas Marathon. I’ve run the marathon the past two years and based on both of those trips, I’m pretty much in love with Vegas. I have been looking forward to this years race since last year – haha.

Did you run the half or the full? What did you think of the race?


  1. Wow what great pics! How fun to run with your hubby. I’m sorry to miss Vegas this year. I loved it last year. Hope to see you at the DC race if not before.

  2. So fun to read that you were in my home town! I actually ran this race, too! My FIRST marathon! I agree, that I would not describe it as hilly at all.

    I really enjoy reading your blog!

  3. It looks like you had a great time! It’s hard to do, but it’s a blast to run a race “just for fun!”

  4. Delusional says:

    Always full of excuses!!

  5. It’s great that you and your husband ran the half marathon together! That sounds like a fun way to get a training run in for the Las Vegas Marathon.

  6. I ran the marathon and it definitely felt different running in altitude. I got a couple of bloody noses during the race but it really wasn’t hilly. I wanted to just enjoy the race and tried to not race it. I talked the WHOLE way with whomever was in earshot. Met some great people along the way. The funny thing about it is that I ended up the first female NOT living in CO. And, as 17th woman overall I felt like that was a total win. I saw you in the hotel, but didn’t wanted to seem stalkerish. Lol. I will be in VA next month at the crooked road 24 hr race -where you truly find out what you are made of and truly have fun running slowly. Happy Halloween!

  7. I loved your race recap!

    Running with significant others is HARD. My boyfriend and I are running the Disney Avengers Half in a few weeks. I also am running with him so I don’t “race” and enjoy Disneyland. He seems to have a very similar running style to your husband and it drives me CRAZY. I’ve just accepted that we can never “race” together and hopefully we’ll survive Disney. 😀

  8. Love this post, the scenery is beautiful and it looks like you had tons of fun, and a gorgeous medal!! Personally I cant run with anyone unless we run in the exact same style lol, well done!! x

  9. Those pictures look great! It’s nice that you were able to share the race together! I like running with people every once in a while. It’s a bonding experience!

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